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Issue No. 26 [Back Issues]
11th January 2005

This Week's Issue: [Rosswyn Fire Update] [Topical Photography - Local People] [Archive Ross - Football - Letters]

Local People - Helen Faulkner

Ref: DSC_6019 would like to introduce you to Helen Faulkner who moved to Ross-on-Wye in October 2003.

Helen's parents first saw Ross-on-Wye on and decided to pay a visit. They were impressed with what they found and paid a later visit with interior designer Helen and her musician / composer partner Andy Stubbs, who were looking to relocate from London to somewhere in the country. They fell in love with the town and consequently moved here.

After working locally for some time Helen, an award winning interior designer with a degree, decided to go it alone and form her own company Minerva Interiors, specializing in kitchens.

Helen won't simply sell you an off the shelf kitchen, however. She will be on hand from consultation and planning through to installation, tailoring to your requirements.

Helen has worked with some prestigious design companies, in particular 'Roundhouse,' who took the London kitchen market by storm. Their impressive client base includes Graham Norton, Jo Whiley and Lennox Lewis. Roundhouse wish to maintain their association with Helen, thereby bringing superb quality products at highly competitive prices to Herefordshire. We wish Helen well in her new venture.

If you would like further details on what Minerva Interiors has to offer you, Helen may be contacted on 01989 565540 or why not visit her web site at www.minerva

We hope you are safe, Angie!

Knowing Angie's personality, we are hoping that she is quite safe and helping out with the rescue operation in Thailand, probably unaware that people here are worried about her.

Angie, pictured to the left on the day she left Ross to embark on her journey, went to Thailand, backpacking in November. She was in contact via email and text message up until the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami but all contact since the catastrophe has been lost.

Angela Osbourn speaks with a very strong Dagenham, Essex accent, sings a lot, swears a lot and is an unmistakably lively character. If you recognize her from the photograph (she is on the left) and know of her whereabouts or wellbeing, there are many people here in Ross who would be grateful to hear from you.


From all of Angie's friends in Ross-on-Wye.


Good news! We have now heard from Angie and she is fine. More information to follow.


Topical Photography This Week

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Above and left: Val Plumb of Greytree Rise with the first locally reported daffodil of 2005. Val and her husband, Peter noticed the early flowering daffodil during the Christmas holiday period.

Below: Success for British Dressage Riders.
Within one week, dressage riders based at Caradoc in Sellack achieved great success by winning their relative classes. Alice Hurley, who has recently graduated from ponies to horses is now competing on Kate Butling's 'Solitaire's Secret' and won an Advanced Medium Qualifier with 66.3% at Solihull, following a previous win with 63.2%, and International rider, Kate Butling won on her younger Horses. Kate, having kindly passed on her Grand Prix horse, 'Secret' is now fitting in competitions and training her youngsters around her busy teaching schedule. She was delighted with her win in the novice class of 5 year old Sinclair V, with 67% at Swallowfield and a novice qualifier on six year old Hugo Bos at the Forest of Dean Equestrian Centre with 68% in both or their first affiliated British Dressage competitions.

Kate and 16 year old Alice have both represented Great Britain internationally in British Dressage team events and train with David Pincus at Bartestree. Alice and 17hh 'Secret' were selected for national training by the British Young Riders Dressage Scheme, where they benefit from training with Olympic rider, Jennie Loriston-Clarke. These young riders from Caradoc plan a busy schedule for 2005 and hope to continue with the yard's winning streak.

Solitair's Secret with Alice Hurley. Hugo Bos and Sinclair V with Kate Butling at Caradoc Estate. Ref: DSC_7537

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